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Leadership team

Profiles of our Executive team and Board.

Executive team

David Smith

David is the Chief Executive of ENA and serves on its Board of Directors.

Before becoming Chief Executive in October 2007, David was ENA’s Director of Policy and joined ENA in July 2003. Previously he was Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Retail Consortium where he was responsible for the retail industry implementation of ‘Chip & Pin’ in the UK, as well as all internal and external communications for the organisation.

David is Deputy Chairman of GEODE, the European association for the electricity and gas distribution networks. In the UK he is a Non-Executive Board Member of the South Tees Development Corporation, the first Mayoral Development to be established outside London to oversee the redevelopment of the former Redcar Steelworks.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Association Management, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alison Heath

Alison joined the energy industry in 1985 working first within the Industrial Relations team and then in the Company Secretary’s department at the Electricity Council. Following the privatisation of the industry in 1990 she moved to the Electricity Association and in 2003 was part of the initial team in the formation of the Energy Networks Association (ENA). She was appointed Director Corporate Services & Company Secretary in 2008 with responsibility for company legal and secretarial, human resources, finance, events, IT, radio teleswitch and facilities management.

Alison is Company Secretary of Northmere Limited, a member of the Social Sustainability Working Group with Eurelectric (the sector association which represents the common interests of the electricity industry at European level) and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

Alison is also a trained mediator and a mental health first aider.

Paul Fidler

Paul took up the role of Director of Operations and Safety for ENA in April 2013 looking after Engineering, Standards, Open Networks, Smart Metering and Safety, Health and Environment. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in the electricity network industry, having joined in 1990, with 20 of those working for ScottishPower in various operational, design and asset management roles where he was instrumental in introducing Condition Based Maintenance techniques for 11kV and 33kV switchgear.

He joined ENA in April 2011 as Engineering Development Manager liaising with all network operators on matters associated with R&D and Smarter Networks including Heat Pumps and Electric Vehicles and he led on the LCN Fund Conference and proposed Smart Networks Catalogues within the LCN Fund and Work Stream 5 frameworks. Paul also oversees street work matters and sits on the Street Works UK board. He holds a MSC (Distinction) in Electricity Management and Technology and is a member of the IET. He is also a keen outdoor enthusiast and enjoys large expeditions, having sea kayaked in Greenland and Alaska, and skied across Greenland.

Ross Easton

Ross is Director, External Affairs at ENA and joined the organisation in January 2020. He has more than a decade of experience providing counsel to senior leaders, most recently Cabinet ministers at the heart of the UK Government.

He began his career in the energy industry at SSE in 2006, where he spent seven years in the Corporate Affairs function before holding similar roles at The Weir Group and Network Rail. He moved into the UK Government in 2017 as a civil servant working on building safety policy and supporting Dame Judith Hackitt with the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (Hackitt Review).

In 2019 he became Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, where he worked on the successful restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly after a three-year hiatus.

He holds a degree in business and management studies, a postgraduate certificate in management studies with distinction, and a diploma in professional public relations.

Non-Executive Directors

Our Board is comprised of senior leaders within each of ENA’s member companies, with a Chairperson appointed every two years.

  • Phil Jones, Chair

    Phil is Chair of Energy Networks Association and the President and Chief Executive of member company Northern Powergrid. He has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993. He is a chartered electrical engineer and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the energy industry.

  • Basil Scarsella

    Basil is Chief Executive Officer and Director of UK Power Networks, owned by the CK Group. Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from 2005, also owned by the CK Group. Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant. He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport.

  • Nicola Shaw

    Nicola is Executive Director, UK at National Grid. Nicola’s career, in the UK and overseas, has included senior positions in several regulatory, commercial and operational roles. These include Chief Executive Officer of HS1 and Managing Director of UK Business Division at FirstGroup plc. She was also an independent Non-executive Director of Ellevio AB and Aer Lingus Group plc. Nicola was educated at both Oxford University, where she studied for a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received a Masters in Transportation.

  • Phil Swift

    Phil is Chief Executive of Western Power Distribution (WPD), a role he has held since November 2018. He joined WPD in 1992 following experience in the aerospace industry. With a degree in engineering and business, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within WPD. He has led the team responsible for the overall delivery of WPD’s ‘Well Justified Business Plan’ to Ofgem as part of the RIIO-ED1 process, and in July 2013, he was appointed to the Board of WPD as Operations Director.

  • Mark Horsley

    Mark has been Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since 2011. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Since joining NGN the company has transformed its approach to customer service, securing twelve national accolades for customer and employee experience, including a National Business Award for ‘Customer Focus’. Mark held the post of Chair of Energy Networks Association from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed Non-Executive Director of the EIC in September 2017.

  • John Morea

    John is Chief Executive of SGN. He joined the company in May 2005 from SSE plc. He has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. John is a companion of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and holds an MBA.

  • Steve Fraser

    Steve is Chief Executive of Cadent. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing and transforming infrastructure businesses latterly as Chief Operating Officer and a main board Director of the FTSE 100 water company United Utilities. Steve has a degree in Management Studies and a Masters in Engineering Management from UMIST he holds a diploma in Advanced Management from Harvard University.

  • Peter Emery

    Peter is Chief Executive of Electricity North West. He joined the company from Drax Group plc where he served for over a decade and most recently in the post of Group Operations Director. He has a wealth of global energy experience garnered over a thirty-year career in the sector. Peter has also worked with Government and Regulators to enable the delivery of ambitious national and international climate change goals.

  • Clive Linsdell

    Clive has specialised in developing competitive utilities for over 20 years. Since 2006 he has led BUUK through a period of growth to become the UK’s No1 utility new connections provider. Prior to joining BUUK, Clive worked in a wide variety of roles in the Water, Gas and Electricity sectors.

  • Paul Stapleton

    Paul is Managing Director of NIE Networks and joined the company in 2018. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Paul worked for ESB for over 25 years, where he held a number of senior management positions including General Manager of Electric Ireland, ESB Group Treasurer and Financial Controller of ESB Networks Limited. Paul is also a committee member of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland.

  • Colin Nicol

    Colin is Managing Director of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and is responsible for the company’s two electricity distribution networks in central southern England and the north of Scotland and its transmission network in the north of Scotland. He started his career in the steel industry nearly 40 years ago, before moving into chemicals and pharmaceuticals. With a mechanical engineering background, he has held numerous operational, project, business management and change roles, both in the UK and abroad.

  • Frank Mitchell

    Frank is CEO, SP Energy Networks. He has over twenty years’ experience in working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the power company value chain, in both the UK and USA. He is a professional engineer with extensive experience in the operation of gas and electric infrastructures and the modern asset management approach. Frank has experience in leading large, diverse, geographically spread teams to achieve step change in performance. He also has a history of involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change.

  • Graham Edwards

    Graham is Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities (WWU). He has held the role since the organisation began in 2005, following the acquisition of the gas networks from National Grid. Prior to joining WWU he held senior positions in the electricity and water sectors, with South Wales Electricity plc, Hyder plc and RWE Thames Water. Graham is a non-executive Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the University of South Wales. He has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.